A month into the new academic year,BMC has yet to provide some of the 27 school items meant to be distributed for free amongst municipal school students.
Last year,the civic body approved of a Rs 179 crore contract for supplying 27 free school items such as uniforms,notebooks,raincoats,umbrellas,shoes,socks and tiffin boxes.
Samajwadi Party corporator Rais Shaikh of M-east ward said,At a school review we held last week,we found that raincoats,umbrellas and notebooks are yet to arrive. Uniforms and shoes are also late,but are slowly being supplied.
In K-west ward,while students of civic schools are yet to receive uniforms and notebooks,raincoats and umbrellas are being distributed. We have yet to receive around 75 per cent of the school uniform supplies. Though the state ensured that students got textbooks,not a single notebook has arrived. Even though shoes were given,children have not gotten socks, said Congress corporator Mohsin Haider.
The delay for uniforms is because the childrens measurements have to be taken and it takes time to stitch the uniforms. The notebooks were being printed and we began some of the supply last week. Last year,we fined the contractors about Rs 2.75 crore for the delay and this year we have issued a showcause notice and will penalise them accordingly, said education committee chairman Manoj Kotak.